Overview of Community


Facts about Sharon Lane Health and Rehabilitation

  • 78 bed Licensed Medicare and Medicaid Facility
  • Locally owned and Operated
  • Serving the Shawnee and Johnson County community for over 60 years
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies

Ancillary Services

  • Hospice Care
  • Audiology
  • Vision Services
  • Discharge Planning
  • Insurance Billing
  • Dental Services
  • Podiatry Services
  • Restorative Therapy
  • Psychiatric and Psychological Services
  • Barber & Beauty Shop Services
The Owners

Dr. Harry and Connie Baum


Harry and Connie have been in the Long-Term Care Business for more than twenty-eight years. Their experience has also been in various size organizations ranging from large corporate entities to family-owned, single facility operations.

Their philosophy is centered on a balanced approach to providing services for residents needing skilled nursing care. They believe in making the best, most compassionate, attentive care available and operating a sound solid business.

Harry, who has a Doctorate in Adult Education and Administration from the University of Kansas, has a Long-Term Care Administrator's License in both Kansas and Missouri and has been an administrator and owner in several settings.  Harry is also active on the national level with the American Health Care Association where he serves on the Independent Owners Council, the Long-Term Care Image Committee and the National Conference Planning Committee.

Connie, who has her Master's degree in Nursing at the University of Phoenix, has been a Licensed Administrator and has been responsible for the development and implementation of specialized programs such as Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Units, Alzheimer's Special Care Units, Risk Management Protocols for Long-Term Care Facilities, and the establishment of Plans of Corrections for Long-Term Care Facilities. In addition, she has worked as a consultant in the comprehensive planning, organizing and development of nursing services and systems for several clients.  She currently serves as Sharon Lane Health and Rehabilitaion's Director of Nursing.

Sharon Lane Health and Rehabilitaion is truly a family operation as Harry and Connie are continually involved with the facility. Their four children are involved in the business, as is their son-in-law and daughter-in-law.
The Baum’s mission is focused around a resident-centered concept that attempts to accommodate the resident’s individual needs and gives them the freedom to continue to, as much as possible, make their own choices and decisions in life.  We have been successful in the past by providing the balance of excellent care and sound business practices. Our Vision for Sharon Lane is to continue this practice for years to come.

Activities- Provide a program of on-going activities designed to meet, in accordance with comprehensive individual assessments, the interests and the physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident.
Administration- Direct the day-to-day operations of Sharon Lane, in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern long-term care facilitates to assure that the highest degree of quality care can be provided to our residents at all times.

- To support the Dietitian in planning, organizing, and developing the overall operation of Sharon Lane's Food Services Program to assure that quality nutritional services are provided on a daily basis and that the Dietary Department is maintained in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner, in accordance to federal, state, and local standards.

Enviornmental Service - Plan, organize, develop, and direct the housekeeping and laundry services of Sharon Lane to assure that our facility is maintained in a sanitary, clean, safe, and comfortable manner.  In addition, to ensure that an adequate supply of linens is maintained at all times to meet the needs of the residents.

Maintenance - Manage and maintain capital improvements of the physcial plant as guided by ownership, regulated by federal, state, and local regulations, to ensure that residents of Sharon Lane enjoy a safe and comfortable environment.

Nursing - Manage the day-to-day care of Sharon Lane residents, in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards and regulations that govern long-term care facilitates as directed by the Medical Director and Administrator to see that the residents of Sharon Lane are constantly provided with the highest of quality care at all times.

Social Services - To assess, support and meet the medically related emotional, psychological, and social needs of the residents of Sharon Lane are met and maintained on an on-going, individual basis.  This department will also be responsible for providing direction and support with regards to discharge planning for short - term residents visiting Sharon Lane during a rehabilitation stay.

Therapy - Plan, organize, and develop Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy treatment plans from individual assessments to ensure that the residents of Sharon Lane will be able to derive the most utility from life by functioning at their highest level of function.


"Thank you ALL for making the care of our loved one so pleasant, peaceful, and excellent!  You ALL go out of your way to make everything as pleasant as possible!" - God Bless, Darlene Vermeulen [wife of George Vermeulen]

“Mother Teresa said we can’t do great things but we can do small things with great love.  Those of you at Sharon Lane did that for my mother, Bonnie Carroll, showing her great love.”
- With profound gratitude, Jean Patterson [daughter of Bonnie Carroll]

“Putting a friend or family member in a nursing home is not an easy thing to do.  My sister, Ruth entered a nursing facility in July of 1998.  She came to Sharon Lane Health Center in March of 2001.  The care she receives at Sharon Lane has been very good.  As a daily visitor at the center, have witnessed the care, respect, and dignity that the residents have received from both staff and management.  The meals served are very attractive.  Music groups, children’s groups and church services are brought in for entertainment as well as in-house activities such as Bingo, cooking, trivia and other craftwork.  A new addition was recently opened offering more resident rooms, new therapy room, dining room, new office space and an elevator to the lower level.  It offers a cheerful update to the center.  I am very happy my sister is a resident at Sharon Lane.”
- Richard Sudduth [brother of Ruth Sudduth]

“I just wanted you to know you have not been forgotten for all your thoughtfulness and the extra care you gave to my uncle, Kenny Kepner during his time of need. Kenny was blessed to have a friend like you there for him. I wanted you to know your help and concern were not unnoticed.  I am thankful you were such a help to Glen.  I’m sure he appreciated it. Thank you ever so much!  Uncle Kenny was so special.
- His niece, Adeline “Viola” Bullard

“Please accept my deepest thanks for helping me make sure my Mother was taken care of during these past 9 ½ months. I also ask that you past this thanks along to all the caregivers that took part in extending this care, from the dining room, assistants, nurses, finance, receptionists, social worker and anyone else I’ve left out. I will miss Mom very much but knowing her life at you facilities was made as easy as possible made it much better for me to handle the entire situation. The words THANK YOU does not seem to be enough but THANK YOU AGAIN.”
- Regards, Margaret Ann Phillips [daughter of Margaret Tush]

“I wanted to let you know how very pleased and thankful I am with the services, nursing staff, and our association with “Sharon Lane” in behalf of my husband, George R. Vermeulen. Our family has experienced a lot of loss and trauma in the past days and having the quiet assurance of a great team of people to help us in the car of my husband, my son’s father, and our grandchildren’s grandfather, has been a pure blessing. The staff, at Sharon Lane, has made a difficult decision and transition as easy as possible.  We want the very best for our beloved family member, and feel confident that this is exactly what is taking place thru the services provided by the Sharon Lane Health Facility. Again, thanks so much for making the life transitions as easy, joyful, and peaceful as possible.  There are NO words to express how grateful we truly are for this.”
- God bless all, Darlene J. Vermeulen [wife of George Vermeulen]

“Again (and again and again) I want to thank you for all your kindnesses and efforts in getting Phil admitted to Sharon Lane. You accomplished this with such ease and dexterity, you are certainly a credit to your vocation and to Sharon Lane. As you told me, Phil had "a parade of visitors."  Everyone with whom I've talked was impressed with Sharon Lane, the good care that Phil received while there and, of course, the quality and quantity of food! Please express to the nurses, aides, doctor, et al, my heartfelt thanks for all they did for Phil.  Their care and kindness is very much appreciated. It is my hope (and prayer) that I may someday have another respite trip and that Sharon Lane will be available to us.  Miracles still happen!”
- Best Wishes to you and your family and Many Blessings, Evelyn [spouse of Phil Rauen]

Thank you so much for the pictures!  It made it almost seem like being there!  Thank you for your thoughtfulness and for following through with your wonderful idea! Yes, Mom did look very happy!  That makes us happy!  Thank you for all you did!  Don't know when we'll be back in the KC area.  We don't have any plans for another trip at present. I trust you and your family had a very Merry Christmas.  Ours was wonderful with lots of people and lots of food, but mostly because we were celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus!
- Thanks again for all you did, Tim and Denise Baum [son and daughter-n-law of Augusta Baum]

Inside Sharon Lane

Any good organization must have an inspiring, shared mission at its core and it must have capable leadership in place to execute the organization's vision.

Sharon Lane Health and Rehabilitation believes that the best approach to providing a caring environment for our residents is through a team approach. We believe that this approach will lend itself to a warmer, home-like environment for our residents, giving them the opportunity to be “The Best That They Can Be!”

The overall concept of the team approach at Sharon Lane Health and Rehabilitation is to better care for our residents by getting to know them and their family history, providing better support for each other, and always working in the same community so they get to know how to best serve those that they support.
We are dedicated to creating an enlivening environment that will address the needs of the whole person, while at the same time eliminate loneliness, helplessness and boredom.

Incorporating animals, nature, and regular visits from several community youth organizations, the residents of Sharon Lane Health and Rehabilitaion continue to thrive as they have their whole lives.